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First exhibited in 2003, this artwork, entitled Secret, anyone's, is open, if waited for long enough, 90, uses water-filled glass globes positioned at eye level on wall-mounted shelves to focus one's attention on the gilt bronze 'fragments' arranged behind them.

As the viewer moves about the exhibition space the globes appear empty until, at one specific location in the room, the globes align with the fragments and appear to fill suddenly with gold—an alchemist's dream come true.

I enjoy watching visitors to the exhibition, obviously engaged with the work, shifting from side to side in front of the globes while trying to make the flash of gold effect wink off and on.

Collection: the artist.